Digital body sets up in Edinburgh

Published: 22 April 2019

Scotland’s digital credentials have been given a boost after a European organisation with a €100 million annual budget opened its first UK satellite office, in Edinburgh.

EIT Digital, which is described as a leading digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation, is basing its new operation at the University of Edinburgh.

This new Edinburgh satellite will allow EIT Digital to deepen the connections with the Scottish innovation ecosystem and to intensify our relationship with the Scottish private and public sectors...

Willem Jonker, Chief Executive, EIT Digital


Funded by Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and EIT Digital, and hosted by the university’s Bayes Centre, the office will contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s goals, and “promote Scotland’s offer to investors and talent”.

EIT Digital is one of eight Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It has ten “co-location centres” across Europe, including one in London, and the Scottish office is the first satellite operation to be opened in the UK.

The Edinburgh satellite intends to host a new doctoral training centre, with a focus on financial technology, or fintech, and cyber security via a new programme supported by the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Unit and ScotlandIS, along with “other areas of national strategic importance”.

Scottish innovation minister Ivan McKee said: “Our vision is for a Scotland where innovation is an intrinsic part of our culture, our society and our economy. For decades, Scotland has participated in European projects, led strategic partnerships and welcomed people from across the EU and around the world..."

Full story via The Scotsman News


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